From Rag to Riches Handbags

From Rag to Riches Handbags

Sometimes you might find a piece of fabric, a garment or in this case a ripped rag rug in a charity shop that you don’t know what to do with to start with, but later on it becomes clear why you picked it up. Yes it was ripped but the colours was so yummy I couldn’t see it go to waste. A few weeks passed and one day I looked at it and I knew exactly what I was going to make out of it. Hand bags!

After trimming off the ripped part I cut the remaining rag-rug into four equal pieces and ran them through the overlocker to seal the edges. I wanted to give match the cotton rag rug with something luxurious. Like raw silk, which I had from an old curtain that I salvaged. Again after trimming off the sun damaged part, I had just enough to line the bags with.  Completed with handles made from trimmings salvaged from old saris.

Well here they are. Same same but different as they say.

They will all be available at a festival near you.

 

Upcycled Festival Fascinators

Upcycled Festival Fascinators

Its still officially festival season and our upcycled 7″ vinyl fascinators are still available in our Etsy shop! Grab em whilst they are there!

Hoods & Wristwarmers

Hoods & Wristwarmers

Keep Warm!

Here are some more winter warmers. All made from old lambswool jumpers lined with the softest jersey t-shirt fabric.

Modelled by the lovely Lottie.

Frog & Badger

Frog & Badger

Animal Hats.

The theme at this years Playgroup Festival was “Woodland Creatures”.

So amongst some ears and tails I also made some of these hoods.

Soft velour frog, waterproof oilcloth frog.

And  then there is badger and pink punk badger of course.

Here is the cute Matilda modelling them for me.

7″ Vinyl Fascinators

7″ Vinyl Fascinators

Here are the latest collection of our upcycled vinyl fascinators.

Modeled by the lovely Sharon. All available apart for the egg. I’m keeping that one for myself!

Sustainable Feather Accessories

Sustainable Feather Accessories

Hair Clips.

Even though feathers are natural and completely biodegradable they aren’t always ethical. Some birds, like the peacock are sometimes bred just for their feathers and in some places plucked alive.  Chickens/cockerel or game feathers tends to be a side product of the meat industry. Which is not very ethical either, but still a waste product. So always worth taking into consideration where your feathers come from. Check out Feathered Fantasy for example. Stylish and sustainably sourced.

This beautiful old feather duster made from cockerel feathers came my way through Shabitat. All the feathers were hand threaded one by one and then rolled around a wooden stick to create the duster.

I unraveled the feather thread and cut off small lengths, glued them onto alligator clips and added vintage buttons. Simple yet effective.